Foodie Review – Veggie, Gluten free and Dairy free Items



grano Vita, Nut Luncheon 

This is probably as weird as you are thinking it is. It has a mushy texture and tastes like un-roasted cashews. I tried to cook it under a halogen hob but it sort of dried up and died. I tried to fry it in a pre-heated pan but it absorbed all of the oil and fell apart. I tried eating it cold on a butty but the texture reminded me too much of posh cat food for me to make it past the second bite. Major fail.

natures energy meridian Korma Cooking Sauce

This is a very tasty sauce, with a flavour reminiscent of korma and a medium-thick consistency but it does not taste creamy enough to pass for a dairy korma. I added ground almonds to create a sauce which tasted a cross between a korma and a pasander, which worked really well.

Natures energy meridian tikka masala Cooking Sauce 

I have to confess I’ve never had tikka masala before (I’ve always thought it would be better with chicken, rather than tofu or veg) but I can tell you that this one is a creamy tomato based sauce with coconut cream. It remindes me of Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup if it were a little spicy and not quite as sweet. I just had the second half of the jar with rice and pea as I didn’t have anything else in the cupboards and it was such a nice light tea for summer.

Natures energy meridian green pesto (What is it these days with no capital letters in names?)

I’m the Goldilocks of pesto, I either find it too oily or too dry, too salty or not salty enough. I have found the perfect one (by Sacla) but this one is also acceptable. It’s packed with nuts (and therefore protein) and really fills a hole if you are hungry. I found I had to add a little oil and salt to it for it to be just right.

grano Vita Pepperoni 

Obviously this does not have the fat of a pepperoni and as a result it is much more dense and heavy.  This does taste exactly like a sausage though, which is sort of creepy and cool. I would definitely buy this again for when I need something more than just a snack.

Ten Acre, How Chicken Soup Saved The Day

Taste exactly like roast chicken crisps! I didn’t realise how much I’d missed them until I tried these. Teamed with a can of cola, these are the perfect quick and simple hangover cure.

Which one’s would you like to try?

Chrissie

 

Stylish Summer Cover-ups

Stylish Summer Cover-ups

 

Self-conscious about you arms, legs, cankles or toes? No problem!

Things You Do When Your Partner Is Also Your Best Friend

  1. You spend A LOT of time together.
  2. It can be fun having a night out without your partner but then you are leaving your best mate behind.
  3. Even when you are annoyed with each other, you end up feeling bad that the other762b135bc518db5d1f580c82d842e585 feels bad. You want to stand your ground and comfort them.
  4. You end up sharing most of your friends which makes it super awkward if one of you has a big disagreement with somebody.
  5. Sometimes you forget that they are a separate person “I was buying foundation and you know when shop lighting washes you out…” No they probably don’t and they definitely don’t care.
  6. You realise you don’t really have anyone to ask for relationship advice who knows you that well.
  7. They have been there through everything. Hangovers, flu, food poisoning, when you were hangry or going all gooey over some cheesy but sweet TV advert…And they remember it all. o_O
  8. You share everything, books, gadgets, food, games, his giant but very cozy fleece top.
  9. You have conversation with so many abbreviations, in jokes and meaningful looks that your friends are quite clueless as to what you are talking about.
  10. You know you have someone who, when it comes down to it, will always have your back and who probably knows you better than you know yourself.

Who can relate to any of these?

Chrissie

Style Edit – Sammydress

When invited to review some items from Sammydress I noticed the amount of styles they provide seem almost endless.  I decided to put three outfits together, one formal,  one versatile and a more edgy street style look.

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I really like this little black dress as it can be styled to be flirty, pretty or formal. It has a zip in the back and adjustable straps – little details which make a big difference to the fit.

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I was so pleased to find this style of dress after a lot of searching as it is so versatile to style up or down (I was going to style it with a chunky silver statement necklace but decided to keep it neutral to just show off the dress). I’ve worn this style bar hopping in winter, to al fresco dinner on a chilly summer evening and for shopping trips on overcast rainy autumn days and I’ve always felt comfortable and stylish.

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I have always wanted a PVC mini skirt to wear with chunky black boots and a band tee. I love the sexy colour of this skirt but unfortunately this one has no zip so you are basically fighting to get in and out of a tiny, non stretchy tube. It also has no little split anywhere so walking feels like you are bound by cling film/saran wrap! Hmm, I shall wear this for occasions where I won’t be doing much moving, eating, drinking and breathing then lol

1. Sammydress Site Banner

After browsing the Sammydress site I’d found the exact items (colour, fit, style) that I’d had in mind at the start, which is an absolute first for me from a single website. The low prices across the site mean that you can buy a whole outfit for the price of one item in popular high street shops. Sammy dress also have extensive swimwear and plus size sections.

The only thing I found difficult was that because the clothes are by all different brands, the sizes differ wildly in size, not just the format it’s written in. For instance, one brands XL might be another brands Medium so it’s really important to check the size comparison charts for each item. If I n doubt over a very fitted item I’d suggest getting the size above the one you would normally go for.

Chrissie

 

 

 

 

Weleda, Calendula Shampoo and Bodywash

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My frizzy hair does not react well to any kind of chemicals. I dye it though which means my haircare has to be really gentle and natural in comparison, which this Weleda Shampoo and Bodywash is.

  • No synthetic preservatives
  • No fragrances
  • No colourants
  • No mineral oils

It’s active ingredients are Almond Oil and organic Calendula, which made my hair soft, clean and manageable. I really like how creamy it is because it’s easier to massage into my hair without using too much product or having to dilute it. It’s so creamy I actually re-read the bottle, wondering if I had bought conditioner by mistake!

I must add that after using this there was no noticeable fade to my turquoise streaks which made me very happy.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara

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Soap & Glory Thick & Fast is a very quick Mascara to use as it glides on without clumping. However, it does not make lashes look thick no matter how I use it.

I do love this mascara for quick every day use or when I’m in a hurry as it’s pretty fool proof to use and it does make my lashes look super long and separated. With just one coat, eyelashes look as if they naturally appear this way and you aren’t even wearing mascara. You can use two layers for more depth without clumping but as I said, it doesn’t really alter the thickness.

I really like the retro chrome effect packaging but wish that the brush was a little narrower at the tip for those smaller lashes.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

70’s Inspired Casual #OOTD

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Sunglasses – Jaeger 

Gold Tripple Hoop Earrings – Claire’s

Top – New Look

Trousers – Very

Shoes – Clarks (last season) New season here

Style Tip: To stop the ends of a wavy or frizzy pony tail from spreading out wildly, cover it with a wide home made hair bobble. Cut a strip off old laddered black tights at their narrowest part, then roll the strip until there’s no raw edge, then wrap it around your ponytail several times to create a deeper hair bobble. This will make your pony tail narrower at the base to stop it spreading out so it’s nice and sleek. It has the same effect as those plastic cones from the 80’s but looks a lot less noticeable!

Sacla Italia Free-from Sauces

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I thought I’d share these with you as I’ve never made a sauce from scratch in my life but I can knock up a pretty decent dish, with these gluten and dairy free sauces. I usually add pine nuts to the pesto when using on pasta or I just add a little pesto on my pizza or on ‘cheese’ and crackers. The risotto I have just the way it is, as it’s amazing. To the tomato sauce, I add some black olives and halved cherry tomatoes and have it with pasta or gnocchi.

Chrissie